The new site in Ely will be considered at the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee (23 September). Plans are still at an early stage but it is hoped the new site, which would be an existing building refitted to accommodate the Councilâ€™s archive collection would prove a more cost effective solution than a new build.
Graham Hughes, Cambridgeshire County Councilâ€™s Executive Director, Economy, Transport and Environment said â€œWeâ€™ve been working hard to find a suitable new home for our Archives thatâ€™s also good value for the Cambridgeshire tax payer. Ely has good transport links and is a rich part of Cambridgeshireâ€™s history. This new site, if approved, could not only meet our statutory requirements but it also offers wider scope to house other Council services at a fraction of the costs of previously considered options.â€
The Council has a statutory responsibility to maintain vital records which date from the 13th Century onward and there has been a longstanding need to find new accommodation.